Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions April 15, 2016 by Robert J. Avrech 11 Comments “My God, must I always wear a low-cut dress to be important?”—Jean Harlow The 135MS Roadster, 1937, a sleek classic, from “Sculpted in Steel: Art Deco Automobiles and Motorcycles, 1929-1940” Museum of Fine Arts Houston, through May 30, 2016. Screenwriter Leigh Brackett (The Big Sleep ’45, Rio Bravo ’59, The Empire Strikes Back ’80) was a prolific science fiction author. She was known as Queen of the Space Opera. Zig Zag ChairDesigned by Gerrit Thomas RietveldProduction: 1935 to c.1955Manufacturer: Metz & Co., AmsterdamSize: 75 x 37 x 44.5; seat height 42.5 cmsMaterial: red-stained elm, brass screws Helen Lundeberg, (1908 -1999) Self-Portrait, oil on masonite, 1944 Patty Duke with Helen Keller. Jan Cornelisz VermeyenJudith with the Head of Holofernesc. 1525Oil on panel, 65 x 47 cm “As far as my career as an actress went, Mogambo was probably as close to a pinnacle as anything I’ve done. For someone with my naturally irreverent temperament, playing a sassy, tough-talking playgirl who whistles at men, drinks whiskey straight from the bottle, and says about wine, ‘any year, any model, they all bring out my better nature’ was a gift from the gods. I never felt more comfortable in a part before or since, and I was even allowed to improvise some of my dialogue.”—Ava Gardner on her role as Honey Bear Kelly in Mogambo, 1953. The KJ Streamline Motorcycle, 1930. From the Sculpted in Steel exhibit. Leigh Brackett’s “The Dragon-Queen of Jupiter” was the cover story in the Summer 1941 issue of Planet Stories Paul J. Woolf, Looking Down on Grand Central Station, 1935 Helen LundebergSelma, Portrait of the Artist’s Mother1957oil on canvas30″ x 24″ Bauhaus Teapot designed by Marianne Brandt, 1924 Elizabeth Taylor photographed by Richard Avedon, 1956 Lee Miller (1907-1977)Self Portrait, New York Studio, New York, USA1932 Screenwriter Leigh Brackett with director Howard Hawks on the set of Rio Bravo.“Plot is people. Human emotions and desires founded on the realities of life, working at cross purposes, getting hotter and fiercer as they strike against each other until finally there’s an explosion—that’s plot.”—Leigh Brackett French poster for The Big Sleep, 1945, Screenplay by William Faulkner, Leigh Brackett, Jules FurthmanBased on The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler 135 Competition Coupe, 1936. From the Sculpted in Steel exhibit. Helen LundebergNight Lights and Shadows1959Oil On Canvas20 x 24 in. Fred Astaire by Laszlo Willinger, 1943. Samarian high priest Yitzhak ben Amram ben Shalma ben Tabia, Israel. (circa 1900) Robert J. Avrech, Silent Picture, Self Portrait with Moses, Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles, 2010 Ready for Passover, Ariel wishes all our friends and relatives a lovely and meaningful Shabbat.